Foley continued: "Had it been closer, and it could have been, it might have called into question the result."
Bridgeport, a Democratic stronghold, was at the center of the confusion. Local election officials initially did not order enough ballots, and resorted to photocopying ballots on Election Day. After voters complained of long lines, a judge ordered Bridgeport polling places to stay open an extra two hours on Election night. This led to delayed results and more than two days of counting in the city, during which Foley appeared in the lead because of Bridgeport's heavy Democratic lean. Bridgeport officials also misplaced and than found a bag containing 335 ballots on Thursday, lending an aura of ineptitude and suspicion to the whole situation.
When Bridgeport ultimately reported its results on Thursday, Malloy was the heavy favorite, putting him over the top in the race. Foley's campaign and the Connecticut Republican Party had labeled Bridgeport's results, and thus the entirety of the vote total, suspect. If the Connecticut GOP continues to press the legal case, the suit rests on whether clear intent of fraud can be determined. Healy believes it could indeed be "outright fraud."
"By any standard - or lack thereof - the voting that went on in Bridgeport, whether it was incompetence, negligence or outright, premeditated fraud, was a complete farce -- and in fact, disenfranchised the very people that went there casting their ballots freely and openly," Healy said. "This is no way to run a railroad - much less an election."
In his only public statement, Malloy expressed confidence he won, but added, "I appreciate and respect Tom Foley's perspective." Bysiewicz has until Nov. 25 to certify the results.
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